It’s 2013 and with the New Year comes new interns. Let’s meet them!

 

Julia_BoccagnoJulia Boccagno
Scranton, PA
Communications

Brittany_ConnorsBrittany Connors
Austin, TX
Communications
Hannah_LewisHannah Lewis
Napa, CA
Development
Armine_SargsyanArmine Sargsyan
Glendale, CA
Policy and Government Relations

Are you currently in school or graduated?

Julia Boccagno (JB): I am a sophomore student at American University majoring in Broadcast Journalism and double-minoring in International Studies and in Language and Area Studies: Italian/Europe.

Brittany Connors (BC): I graduated in December from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Journalism, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Rhetoric and Writing.

Hannah Lewis (HL): I’m a sophomore at GeorgeWashingtonUniversity studying Human Services.

Armine Sargsyan (AS): I just got my Master’s degree in International Studies from the University of San Francisco.

 

Impressive! Why did you apply to intern at United to End Genocide (UEG)?

JB: I’ve always been interested in studying genocide and international conflict. When I discovered that the job of the communications intern was to inspire social justice change through various media outlets, I knew it was the position for me.

BC: I wanted to move to the DC area after college and when I found out about UEG, I had to be part of the organization. I want to do work that inspires meaningful change in the world.

AS: My interests lie in researching human rights violations, and the internship at UEG was the perfect opportunity to broaden my knowledge in this field and challenge myself to think more globally.

HL: I have been interested in international human rights work since high school when I got involved with Invisible Children. Over the years, I have become more passionate about stopping mass atrocities worldwide. I thought UEG would be a perfect fit because I would get to work on issues I care about while gaining practical experience.

 

Great! With all that said, what do you hope to get out of this internship?

JB:  An increase in awareness about issues of genocide and mass atrocities abroad. I also hope to improve my journalism portfolio and build professional communication experience.

BC: I want to become more versed in the area of genocide prevention and I hope to gain professional experience that will help me for the rest of my life. Each staff member at UEG has done so many amazing things and I love connecting with them and others who work in the area of genocide prevention.

AS: I see this internship as a learning experience; I’ve been interning here for just three weeks now, but I have already gained knowledge in the Sudan/South Sudan, Burma, DRC, Syria, and Mali conflicts more than I probably would ever be able to learn.

HL: I hope to have a better understanding of the way non-profit organizations work and how they sustain themselves. Development is something that is so crucial to every organization, yet a lot of people know nothing about it.

 

What are your goals for the future?

JB: I aspire to be a foreign correspondent (think Christiane Amanpour) and would love to live overseas one day.

BC: I hope to write for a magazine or newspaper focused on international relations, public policy or culture and/or work for a nonprofit. I’m also interested in going to graduate school in the future to focus on international relations or Latin American studies.

HL: I would like to travel the world and maybe join the Peace Corps after I graduate. Beyond that I am not entirely sure, but I see myself in the nonprofit world. My biggest dream is to start my own human rights organization one day.

AS: I plan on finding employment in this sector and staying in Washington, DC. My long-term goal is to become a Foreign Service Officer.

 

 Ok, of all the wonderful places to see in DC, which would you recommend to visitors?

 JB: Eastern Market and Tryst.

BC: Eastern Market, the Smithsonian, Newseum.

HL: The Georgetown waterfront, MLK Memorial, Baked & Wired, Adams Morgan.

AS: The Jefferson Memorial and anywhere in Georgetown.

 

There you have it. We know we’re not supposed to brag, but we think our new interns are the best of the best.

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